Sarah Jessica Parker was born on March 25, 1965 in Nelsonville, Ohio. She is an Emmy- and four-time Golden Globe-winning actress, best known for her role as Carrie Bradshaw on six seasons and two film adaptations of Sex and the City.
Parker began her career at a young age, training across the country at various well-known establishments, including the School of American Ballet in New York City, the New York Professional Children’s School, the School for Creative and Performing Arts in Cincinnati, and the Hollywood High School in Los Angeles.
She made her Broadway debut as Flora in a short-lived revival of William Archibald’s play The Innocents in October 1976 and returned to Broadway shortly afterward in the 1977 premiere of Annie. Following a stint in the minor role of July, she would take over the titular role in March 1979 and star on Broadway for a year.
From the mid-80s through the mid-90s, Parker appeared in numerous Off-Broadway productions, including Ensemble Studio Theatre’s To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday (1984), The Heidi Chronicles at Playwrights Horizons (1988-89), The Substance of Fire at Playwrights Horizons (1991) and at Lincoln Center Theater (1992), and the titular (canine) role in Sylvia for Manhattan Theatre Club (1995), for which she received her first Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Actress In A Play.
Parker returned to Broadway in March 1996 to assume the role of Rosemary Pillkington in a revival of the musical comedy How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, following it up with a star turn as Princess Winnifred in a revival of Once Upon a Mattress from November 1996 through June 1997. She earned her second Drama Desk nomination following her performance in Manhattan Theatre Club’s Off-Broadway production of Wonder of the World, which ran at New York City Center from November 2001 through January 2002. she wouldn’t be seen on a New York stage again until MTC’s Off-Broadway production of The Commons of Pensacola from October 2013 through February 2014.
On television, Ms. Parker shot to superstardom as Carrie Bradshaw in HBO’s smash hit series Sex and the City, starring in 94 episodes from 1998 through 2004. Prior to this, her many TV credits included the CBS sitcom Square Pegs, NBC’s A Year in the Life, and ABC’s legal drama Equal Justice. Since Sex and the City she has guest starred on Fox’s popular musical series Glee and starred as Frances in the HBO comedy-drama series Divorce.
Aside from reprising the role of Carrie Bradshaw in the films “Sex and the City” in 2008 and “Sex and the City 2” in 2010, Parker’s film credits include Footloose (1984), Flight of the Navigator (1986), L.A. Story (1991), Honeymoon in Vegas (1992), Hocus Pocus (1993), Ed Wood (1994), Mars Attacks! (1996), The First Wives Club (1996), The Family Stone (2005), Failure to Launch (2006), Did You Hear About the Morgans? (2009), and New Year’s Eve (2011).